Insights

Writing. Convening. Teaching. Training. Modeling. Experimenting. Engaging. Across time zones and international boundaries, members of our community are at work. Our “Insights” gallery is a multimedia guide to intellectual life at the Davis Center.

"There was a Soviet famine...but within that broader story there is something specific about what happens in Ukraine and it seems to be because of Stalin's particular phobia of what's going on there."

To think as he did, that he could democratize the Soviet Union...to believe that he might be able to create a market economy...to believe all of these things required a tremendous amount of optimism.

"So it's these old ladies doing folk music over a techno beat. It’s exactly what it sounds like."

“A big part of post-Soviet life is...caution. By giving it images, I wanted to allow it to come forth out of the darkness...to give a sense of it being somewhat kept at bay.”

How do we make sense of the concepts of “diaspora” and “homeland” in a globalized world?

How has the iconic image of standing in line shaped Russian identity?